Banned Books Week 2014

It’s that time of year again: Banned Books Week!  BBW, spearheaded by the American Library Association, is an annual celebration of freedom to read.  Every year — yes, even in 2014 — libraries and schools around the country receive dozens of challenges.  In 2012, 462 challenges were reported, and the ALA estimates that more than 70% of challenges aren’t reported.

In recognition of your freedom to read (and listen), I want to highlight some things to read/listen to/watch to get in the spirit of BBW.  Let me know what you think, and feel free to share more ideas in the comments!

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Reading Rainbow

If you haven’t heard about the Reading Rainbow kickstarter initiative, my Real Life Friend, Alexandra, posted a great (and short!) summary over on her blog today. Rather than reiterate what she wrote, I’ll direct you her way — enjoy!

The Library of Alexandra

I am sure that all of my blog readers have already heard about the fundraising campaign LaVar Burton has started to introduce Reading Rainbow to a new generation of school children. But just in case you haven’t, here’s a little bit about the project:

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It’s no surprise that as a librarian, this project is near and dear to my heart. So if you can spare your morning Starbucks for the next week or skip drinks with friends one night this weekend and give the money to this Kickstarter, you’ll be introducing a new generation to a love of reading!

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Three Cheers for Teen Literature

When I mentioned in Monday’s post that today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day, you probably saw this coming: a post about literature for young people.  I know that many adults look down their noses as teen literature, which is a shame, because there’s some truly great young adult and juvenile literature out there!  Furthermore, for every adult who scoffs at books like Divergent or Harry Potter, there is another adult who loves it.  I am one of them, and proudly so.

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